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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Vanya on 42nd Street

25 November 2011 3:30 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

A group of actors get down to some serious Chekhovian business in Vanya on 42nd Street.

A group of New York actors rehearse Anton Chekhov’s classic play Uncle Vanya in a rundown theater in the 1994 comedy-drama film Vanya on 42nd Street.

The comedy-drama movie was shot in the 1990s, when theater director André Gregory mounted a series of spare, private performances of Uncle Vanya in a crumbling Manhattan playhouse. These unique moments were captured on film by director Louis Malle (Zazie Dans Le Metro ).

In Vanya on 42nd Street, a stellar cast of actors — including Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride), Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) and Brooke Smith (Fair Game) — embark on a full read-through of the play (adapted into English by David Mamet). The resulting film of the event by Malle, which turned out to be his last movie, »

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The Criterion Collection Announce February 2012 Blu-ray Slate Including World on a Wire

16 November 2011 6:28 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

The Criterion Collection continually release some of the best and most important films (not to mention the best picture, sound and supplements packages) one could hope to find in the Blu-ray format and today's announcement of their February releases further cements this belief.

In February, The Criterion Collection will be releasing six films, five new additions to the numbered spine count, as well as one upgrade. The upgraded title consists of two films, La Jeéte and Sans Soleil, directed by Chris Marker. Both films, the former being about time travel through the use of still imagery, the latter about a trip from Africa to Japan, are completely different but inherently connected.

From Sci-Fi to Samurai, the five new additions to The Criterion Collection run the gamut of genres, all representing some of cinema's finest moments. There's World on a Wire, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's futuristic noir tale that was originally »

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